«Hands off my friend.» Considerations on the role of inter-group friendships in the attitudes of young French and Italian toward immigration
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The object of this paper is focused on the ability of friendship relations between
majority and minority adolescents to reduce stereotypical views towards the phenomenon
of migration. Studying intergroup attitudes an adolescent population (N
1.198) inserted in two different contexts of immigration - Italy and France - put
forward the hypothesis that the ability of friendship relations between majority
and minority young people to reduce prejudice against the immigrant population
emerges regardless of the questions and debates that immigration raises at the
public level. The results obtained through multivariate analysis are in line with expectations:
adolescents integrated in an ethnically heterogeneous friendship network
show a less stereotypical vision of immigration. Moreover, the fact that the
birth of most of these friendships is prior to current age suggests a reflection on
the mechanisms of formation of prejudices against ethnic diversity.